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After 72 Years


My Brother John at his wedding, May, 1951  with his beautiful bride Kay.   That’s my brother, Frank, on the left.

My Brother John at his wedding, May, 1951
with his beautiful bride Kay.
That’s my brother, Frank, on the left.

Recently I celebrated my 76th year in the Priesthood.  Along the way, I noticed qualities of life that brought happiness to my fellow travelers on the Glory Road.  That doesn’t mean that I had these.

Have a sense of humor.  A prized jewel to treasure.  My brother John served in the Army in the Aleutian Islands in WWII for two years.  He always said that those were the two happiest years in his life.  Died at the age of 94.  To quote him, “We guys were laughing all day long”, even in the worst weather.  Laughter can be the best medicine for a home troubled with sadness.

Revel in the talents of others.  Refuse to envy the gifts of others.  Rejoice in how God has blessed them.  We should have no time for sadness and self-pity.  Encourage others with these blessings.

Above all, be humble.  Listen to suggestions of others in order to better our lives.  Have an open mind.  Three heads are better than one.  Our friends will be many.  Brainstorm.  Is there a better way to live?  The greatest priests I met and lived with were humble souls.

See in Christ the answer to all our needs.  Be generous in prayer to Him.  His friendship can make life worth living.  The Lord wants to share in our lives and make our days on earth a glorious experience.

A joyful person attracts friends as nothing else.  Joy shows someone with a grace-filled heart ready to share life with others.  Rise at dawn with a smile and with the thought, this can be a day I will realize my blessings.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Praise the Lord.

Friends are the elixir of life.  Reach out for new ones.  Take risks in doing so.  Our willingness to sacrifice ourselves for others will bring us an avalanche of love in return.  To have friends we have to be a friend.

A tongue that speaks words of encouragement blesses the giver and exalts the God of speech.  Take a day to listen to yourself.  How much do you exalt others and help them carry their crosses more courageously?

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 10, 2016 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. As always a wonderful remind on how to live the wonderful life God has given us. May He bless you for your words of wisdom. Thank you for the joy you bring to others.

    Comment by K | July 10, 2016 | Reply

  2. God Bless you Father. You seen the same guy you were at Quigley from 1955 till I graduated in 60. Always positive and Blessed. Dick Barry Class of 1960.

    Comment by Dick Barry | July 10, 2016 | Reply

  3. Happy Birthday Fr. McKenna! 97 Years young! You are an amazing person! Thank you for your spiritual guidance through all these years!

    Comment by GT | July 12, 2016 | Reply


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